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ALFRED BASBOUS SYMPOSIUM
Symposium

Iraqi sculptor Mohammad Ghani
felicitating Alfred Basbous, at the closing
ceremony of the first Rachana
International Sculpture Symposium,
1994.


THE SYMPOSIUM
Alfred was fully dedicated to converting Rachana- the small mountain village - into an artistic lab for modern sculpturing and a place for cultural and revived gatherings. And, he achieves one of his greatest dreams: creating a symposium in Rachana. People come from all over the world, to carve, discuss and make a toast over dinner. Everybody, from the most initiated to simply the curious, is hosted in a spirit of brotherhood.
THE IDEA
We were three brothers who sculpted in the yard near the old house, defying the rocks, the rain and the mud with patience and obstinacy, but especially with the faith that Rachana, this quite village with such kindness will come out of anonymity one day.
Our work spread everywhere in Lebanon, as well as in far away countries. That's when my older brother Michel began to dream to create spaces in Rachana for all other forms of artistic expression.

Michel passed away in 1981 with his dream, leaving my brother Joseph and I in Rachana with the statues on the road and in the yard of the house !

Why waiting? I was wondering one day in 1994. Many ideas abounded in my mind in the evenings. One day, at dawn,
while I was in my room watching the snow falling for the first time since fifty years covering the olive and almond trees along with the statues, they looked to me as if they were a group of people chatting with each other, screaming, dancing and singing, etc.
I said to myself, why not starting to sculpt as the three of us used to do sharing the yard? From that moment on, I got the idea of inviting oriental and occidental sculptors to Rachana in order to create sculptures in our yard and add them to our artworks. Why not creating an international museum for sculptures bridging the gap that Lebanon is suffering from in this field?

I shared my idea with some friends who hailed it with enthusiasm. Thanks to their financial assistance, this project could see the light and continue with the same spirit as it was since the day of its establishment, the spirit of Art.
Alfred Basbous
THE EVENT
it has become an annual tradition since 1994, over two weeks, the village of Rachana hosts several sculptors from different countries; they meet to exchange their love of life through the art of stone, to sculpt memorable artwork. In addition to this annual meeting, participants and visitors take pleasure in being in the cultural events organized by the committee in a friendly spontaneous atmosphere.



1994 SCULPTORS

FRANCE - Jérôme Aramis 
IRAK - Mohammed Ghani
SYRIA - Mustapha Ali
TUNIS - Omar Koreim
LEBANON - Sayed Abou Mehrez
ITALY - Roberto Alessandria



1995 SCULPTORS

GERMANY - Barbara Neuhaser 
ENGLAND - Simon Thomas
FRANCE - Jean-François Demeure 
HUNGARY - Joseph Paulini  
ITALY - Massimo Arzilli 
JAPAN - Keiji Ujiie  
JORDAN - Samer Tabaa  
LEBANON - Rudy Rahmé
TCHEQUE REPUBLIC- Joseph Klimes 
TURKEY - Meriç Hizal 



1996 SCULPTORS

SWITZERLAND - Fred Perrin 
ROMANIA - Dimitru Serban  
NORWAY - Hugo Frank Wathne 
LEBANON - Rodolphe Chamoun 
SPAIN - Jose Maria Guijaro 
EGYPT - Assayed Abdo Slim  
ARMENIA - Ara Chiraz  
AUSTRIA - Gérard Bretterbauer



1997 SCULPTORS

SENEGAL - Tafsir Momar Gueye
ROUMANIA - Dinu Campeanu
POLONIA - Marta Branicka
LEBANON - Charbel Farés
CHILI - Francisco Gazitua
COSTA RICA - Domingo Ramos
BRAZIL - Irinya Garcia



1998 SCULPTORS

BELGIUM - Serge Gangolf
CUBA - Thomas Lara Franquis
JORDAN - Mona El Saoudi
LEBANON - Pierre Karam
MOROCCO - Ikram Kabbaj
RUSSIA - Gennedi Panko
UKRAIN - Mikhaïl Gorlovyy



1999 SCULPTORS

LEBANON - Nada Raad
HONGARY - Varga Geza
FRANCE - Jean-Paul Chablais
                  - Raymond Jacquier
BELGIUM - Patrick Crombé
KSA - Ali Mohammed el-Takhis
ARGENTINA - Julia Farjat



2000 SCULPTORS

ENGLAND - Colin Figue
BULGARY - Velislav Minekov
FRANCE - Robert Pierrestiger
JAPAN - Koike Mitsunori
LEBANON - Nabil Helou
MEXICO - Horacio Castrejon Galvan
JAPAN - Koike Mitsunori



2001 SCULPTORS

SERBIA-MONTENEGRO - Giorgie Cpajak
FRANCE - Jiri Kovanic
USA - Jon Barlow Hudson
BELGIUM - Bernard Verhaeghe
LEBANON - André Nammour



2002 SCULPTORS

SCOTLAND - Kate Thompson
SPAIN - Mariano Andrés Villela
ITALY - Fabrizio Dieci
FRANCE - Yves Banchelin
JAPAN - Hironori Katagiri



2003 SCULPTORS

LEBANON - Nabil Helou
ITALY - Fabrizio Dieci
MOROCCO - Ikram Kabbaj
BELGIUM - Patrick Crombé



2004 SCULPTORS

BULGARY - Jivko Sedlarski
COLOMBIA - Fernando Pinto
EGYPT - Nagi Farid Tadrous
NEW ZEALAND - Hamish Horsley
SERBIA-MONTENEGRO - Goran Cpajak

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